Taapsee Pannu replies to Kangana Ranaut’s remarks: I refuse to take advantage of someone’s death for personal vendetta

There was a time when we believed everything Kangana Ranaut had to say. We thought and assumed that it might have taken some real guts to call out Karan Johar as the “flag bearer of nepotism” on his own show. But what started off as a brilliant movement lead by a single woman turned into a mess. And that’s not something we just say, but something we truly believe in.

Recently, Ranaut went on to give an interview to Republic TV (if the irony is not evident, we cannot help you) and spoke about the “mafia” gang in Bollywood that lead to Sushant Singh Rajput dying of suicide. In the interview, Ranaut also took a dig at Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker. She said, “For me, I have only to lose here (in Bollywood) because I know tomorrow they (movie mafia gangs) will get some 20 needy outsiders like Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker, who will get up and say, ‘Oh, only Kangana has problem with nepotism, but we love Karan Johar’. If you love Karan Johar, why you both are B-grade actresses? You are better looking than Alia Bhatt and Ananya Panday. You both are better actresses. Why don’t you get work? Your whole existence is a proof of nepotism. What are you telling me that how happy you are with the industry? So, I know this happen and the whole system will make me look like a mad person.”

Taapsee Pannu, much like the characters she chooses to play, isnt someone who would stay shut on matters like this. In an exclusive conversation with Hindustan Times, the actress questions, “It’s disheartening to see someone making a mockery out of outsiders and the industry that has given us so much. Imagine the parents whose kids are coming into the industry. What will they think of us? Like we are some nasty evil people sitting here to eat outsiders?”

Pannu went on and spoke point-by-point and has given Ranaut a befitting response. Read the details below…

ON ‘WE LOVE KARAN JOHAR’ COMMENT

I never mentioned anywhere I like Karan Johar or anyone she alleges, but I have never said I hate them either. So, the fact that you don’t hate someone she hates, is equivalent to ‘you like that person and you suck up to that person’? I don’t even know him behind formal ‘hi, hello, thank you’. How is this even logical?

ON BEING ‘BETTER LOOKING THAN ALIA BHATT AND ANANYA PANDAY’ YET ‘NEEDY OUTSIDERS’

First of all I don’t think my existence has got anything to do with looks primarily. And, I have had my share of struggles and just because I don’t glorify them and deal with them with a positive outlook, doesn’t make me any less of the ‘outsider’. We all have had good and bad experiences, but many of us refuse to let negativity drive us. It’s our positive hope and the ability to make lemonade out of the lemons thrown at us that has gotten us to where we are. I am not going to give into this negativity and hatred because this limits my growth as a human being. Kangana has the right to have an opinion and so do I. And just because my opinion doesn’t match hers, doesn’t make me inferior.

ON ‘WHY DON’T YOU GET WORK’ QUESTION

In the last three years, I have been doing at least four films every year, and have five announced films right now. Who says I don’t get enough work? I decided to keep my career graph slow and steady and that’s exactly how it’s been going. Yes, I’ve been dropped out of films and replaced with star kids but the fact that Kangana and her sister (Rangoli Chandel) try to discredit me and my hard work, call me names, put wrong allegations on me, is actually an equal level of harassment, if not more. All this because I refuse to sing her tune and because I refuse to see her as the flag bearer of outsiders because we all are not bitter people?

ON ‘YOUR EXISTENCE IS A PROOF OF NEPOTISM’ REMARK

None of my past films have been produced by any of these mafia gangs Kangana keeps targeting and mentioning about, nor any of my future films are from them. So, how is my existence because of nepotism? Or undermining someone’s genuine achievements by crediting wrong sources, and then mocking, is how you prove that you are a true successful outsider?

ON ‘YOU SAY YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THE INDUSTRY’ STATEMENT

I refuse to be bitter. I refuse to take advantage of someone’s death for personal vendetta and I refuse to make mockery out of the industry that gave me bread and identity. As an actor who wants to speak up and address important issues that have happened with me which can help empower others, I did speak up when I was wrongfully replaced in Pati Patni Aur Woh. I called out a wrong practice and had the director of the film supporting me then. So, it’s not like I am scared to voice out problems and people do back you when you do it with right intentions.

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